Iron Man #1

Iron Man #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Greg Land Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 7, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 1
7.1Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Tony Stark—Iron Man: Technological visionary, wealthy playboy, unparalleled engineer, and armored Avenger. His greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake. Iron Man must act fast…and Tony Stark must build faster! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and out for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor…NOW!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Nov 7, 2012

    It's still early days for the Marvel Now! relaunch but I feel confident in proclaiming Iron Man to be the best thing to come out of it so far. Its recipe for success is simple enough: no gimmicks, just great character work and an intriguing story that's sure to test our hero to his limits. From the evidence of the first issue alone the early signs are good that this run could look to equal Matt Fraction's notable achievements on The Invincible Iron Man, such is the swagger and verve Gillen has displayed in his opening gambit. A great introduction to the character for new readers and a satisfying interpretation for long-time fans, Iron Man #1 ticks nearly every box I can think of that would mark it as an essential purchase. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kristina Nov 14, 2012

    From what is seen in this issue, Stark is going to be seen as a more interesting character with his internal conflicts of belief. When it really comes down to it, Stark is a character who believes in serving a purpose just like the weapons he creates. Gillen is trying to add more to Starks character by challenging Starks way of thinking by putting him in situations that make him question, what is it that I believe? Gillen has a good development for this character and I hope to see more of this in the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Nov 7, 2012

    This is a very solid start that older Iron Man fans should be able to get on board with considering it's paying tribute to one of the better Iron Man stories in the past 20 years. It's in great hands as far as script and the art is definitely fitting for Stark's world of excitement and gorgeous women. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Nov 7, 2012

    In short, Iron Man #1 is a great opening issue, though not quite as drastic an overhaul of the Iron Man universe as Marvel NOW!'s promotions suggest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Nov 7, 2012

    Both Iron Man and Deadpool debuted this week as part of 'Marvel NOW!', and many buyers are considering purchasing just one of these issues. Do yourself a favor and get Iron Man #1. Kieron Gillen has, in one issue, built a fascinating situation for Tony Stark, as well as a clear direction for the character himself. This was not a title I thought I would be buying each month. In fact, I had no plans on even reviewing this initial issue outside the 'Extra! Extra!' section. But as always (and I should have guessed), Kieron Gillen blew me away with his masterful grasp of comic book writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Jonathan Gomez-Dominguez Nov 18, 2012

    So far the story began with deep thought and it quickly strayed away and gave us good ol' ladies man, alcohol filled Tony. It's too early to say that this series will give us the same thrills as Invincible, but it isn't a bad start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Nov 16, 2012

    This is a surprisingly good issue, considering. I give it a 4/5. The writing is great and most of the art is awesome. Having whole pages that look off, however takes a bit away from the grading of the whole issue. I recommend it if you're not too weirded out by the change in armor. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Nov 8, 2012

    Gillen was right on the money when he said that this book is going to be about hi-tech stuff going crazy or stolen and its a never ending quest for Stark to police said technology before it ruins the future (which is one of the two things he firmly believes in). Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboy Ramblings - Fanboy Ramblings Nov 8, 2012

    This issue gets it right. It portrays Tony Stark/ Iron Man in a light that we are used to by now. He's his usual womanizing and sarcastic self and I wouldn't have it any other way. It feels as if the creative team is leaning a bit on the portrayal of Iron Man in the movies, which I have no problem with. The story so far is pretty decent, it starts out with Iron Man being a bit reflective and speaking about what makes him who he is and it ends with a quick little skirmish that is very beautifully drawn. The art in this book is top-notch. The colors are rich and vibrant and the edges are crisp and clean. This is a very sexy book visually. There is even a fresh peak at a new armor for Tony, it is Black and Gold and looks truly bad-ass. Check out this book as I think this is going to be a series worth keeping track of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 6, 2012

    Kieron Gillen comes in and it feels like he's been writing Iron Man for years. This is the Tony Stark we grown to know. He can be a bit of an ass with his arrogant manner and tendency to joke about pretty much everything. There is a new/old threat for Tony to face which leads into the reason he has a newly designed suit here. Greg Land's art adds the right atmosphere when Tony is at a nightclub but the expressions and stances of characters sometimes gets distracting, expecially when everyone has a big grin on their face. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Nov 7, 2012

    It's not quite the dramatic overhaul the Marvel NOW! branding may have implied, but with Gillen's snappy dialogue and thematically layered writing on display alongside some well-tempered artwork from Greg Land, it's got all the hallmarks of a strong series in the making. "Iron Man" #1 sees Tony Stark heading into uncharted waters and, crucially, makes a convincing argument for readers to tag along. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Nov 8, 2012

    Iron Man is a pretty enjoyable read for fans of the character. Kieron Gillen has started the book off pretty good so far and I'm anxious to see how this five part arc plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Nov 9, 2012

    Marvel NOW! is beginning to show me, and maybe everyone, exactly why it’s important that they jumbled things around. It might actually prove to be a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Nov 18, 2012

    The issue I have is Greg Land's art, which I've had more and more issues with. Land has a habit of making his characters look the same, especially when it comes to women. This issue is no exception. The art isn't enough to turn me off, and Land I'm sure will be ok in the long run, but it's a slight issue that to me stands out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 12, 2012

    So far so good.  This was a good start for the Marvel Now! Iron Man series.  We have a good story, some new threats for Tony, all born from an old threat to Tony.  Basically, this was everything you'd want from an Iron Man comic.  We may be only one issue in, but I think it's safe to say Tony Stark is in good hands going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Nov 9, 2012

    Iron Manis definitely a Marvel NOW issue. Its a good start for the title, and easy to jump onto. Its definitely a book for fans of the character, and for those who always wanted to follow Tony Stark and havent done before. Hopefully the next issue will give us a stronger ongoing plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Nov 10, 2012

    It is a great set up issue, but it was a pretty thin read with not a great deal really happening. Saying that, I did think it had a good pace to it though compared to the slow burn of Fraction. You can tell this book is going to be full of action, and that is what is bringing me back for the next issue. Yes the issue was good; but it was not amazing. However, it has got me invested in the series for future issues, which is what the first issue should be doing right?If you have any interest in Iron Man then I recommend you give this a go. If you were a massive fan of Fraction, then give it a miss. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 6, 2012

    Kieron Gillen is in a precarious position at the moment, leading one of Marvel's marquee characters after a billion-dollar movie and the departure of one of the House of Ideas' most popular writers from the book. To his credit, there are no flaws in Iron Man's armor, no gaping missteps in character or dialogue that would make me turn away from this book. That said, the main hook I've heard about this book " the Q-style gadgets for any situation " don't really appear here, and even if they did, wouldn't be enough to carry the book as it is. What is Tony Stark's future? Where does the road lead for this visionary, this billionaire genius playboy philanthropist? I hope Gillen tells us soon, because all the toys in the world won't come close to matching what I know lies in Iron Man's repulsor-powered heart. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Thomas J. Angelo Nov 9, 2012

    I wanted to give this book a strong recommendation. There's nothing really wrong with it. I like the art, it's a pretty standard look into Tony's life, the action at the end is exciting and the looming conflict seems like it will be a fun story. After a lot of thought, my main complaint about this book is that it doesn't feel organic. Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark was a futurist, but he was a fun person, someone you'd like to hang out with. This iteration of the character feels distant, a guy that wouldn't think twice about using another human being and then tossing that person aside in order to attain whatever goal is being pursued. It rings hollow for the character. With that said, I'm hoping that this arc is going to focus on Iron Man's possible lack of human empathy and redefine the character. Not a home run first issue, but easily a double. Give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 9, 2012

    The issue doesn't do much to sell me on the new and improved Marvel Universe that Marvel Now! represents, but it certainly doesn't turn me off from other new titles either. I haven't been a regular Iron Man reader in years, but I might stick around (at least for a little while) to see what the House of Ideas has in mind for Old Shellhead. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 7, 2012

    Off to an solid (but not completely reflective of Gillen's potential) start Iron Man #1 is, hopefully, laying the foundation for years of great Iron Man tales to come in the Marvel NOW! era. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 8, 2012

    Iron Man #1 is a fine example of what Marvel NOW! is meant to be. This has the potential to be a very strong relaunch of a high profile book for Marvel, and Gillen certainly shows he has the skill to be writing a character as visible as Iron Man. The art did detract from my overall enjoyment of the book in places, but certainly didn't doom the entire issue. This is a solid start to what I hope is an enjoyable series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Nov 8, 2012

    At the beginning of the book, Tony Stark is having drinks with a nameless woman who is played as infinitely generic. What we see from the interaction at first glance is an inherently handsome and charming man chatting up a ditzy and seemingly stereotypical blonde who is only interested in him for money and appearance, but what we quickly learn is that this is actually a front. She's not a stereotyp and is actually a rather smart individual who is simply playing dumb for her own reasons. That's basically “Iron Man” #1 in a nutshell: it's a sharp book and Gillen has planted seeds for what should be a great re-introduction to Tony's world, despite having an exterior glamour that's off-putting and facetious. Whether you continue with the title or not, though, if you take the chance on the new “Iron Man” you'll certainly get a good single comic book experience. Just try not to get too hung up on the art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 11, 2012

    So a disappointing new start for this series. Here's hoping for better things from the creative team. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 7, 2012

    Iron Man #1. An obvious attempt to jump-start interest in the third film but handled with enough integrity and talent to read like any other Iron Man tale. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Nov 9, 2012

    And to return to the subject of being fair to Greg Land: I suppose that photo-referencing isn't the worst way to make Tony's armor look like a realistic piece of machinery, rather than a colorful track suit; and at least, when Land draws Iron Man himself, he doesn't have to worry about convincing facial expressions. So, on balance, I guess this is probably the right book for him. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Ben Silverio Nov 12, 2012

    Overall, this was a pretty good issue one with an even better closing line. It's not my favorite Marvel NOW title thus far, but I can see fans of Iron Man enjoying this title a great deal thanks to the wonderful artwork and the clever writing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 7, 2012

    While I enjoyed the smart tone of the writing, overall, it's the same tone we've seen in Fraction's run. There's really little new to be found in Gillen's take on Iron Man. Extremis resurrected as key plot element. Tony as self-loathing futurist. A frustrated Pepper Potts proving herself as a head of industry. It's intelligent stuff, but with Fraction's exodus, I expected a change in direction, in tone. Only thing that seems different is the armor (which is reminiscent of Mainframe, the automated spin on Iron Man from such alternate-future Marvel titles as Spider-Girl and A-Next from the 1990s). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 10, 2012

    Greg Land has a lot of haters on the Internet, but I've never been one of them. I liked his recent work on Uncanny X-Men. But he does a terrible job with this issue. His Tony Stark is a walking, talking example of ‘shit-eating grin', and his women are just traced-over pin-up models. The blonde that Tony picks up at the start of the issue is especially fake looking. At least Land draws an exceptional Iron Man. If only someone explained why he's randomly wearing a black armor instead of his typical ‘hot rod red'. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Nov 8, 2012

    Iron Man #1 was a well crafted debut issue. I am so impressed how new reader friendly Gillen made this issue. This is something that is not found that often in Marvel or DC comics. And what is equally impressive is that Gillen remains true to Iron Man's core character traits and values in the process. This issue is proof that massive trashing of a characters established history and personality is not necessary at all when refreshing a title and making it new reader friendly. Another lesson that could be learned by the distinguished competition. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Nov 7, 2012

    Iron Man has quickly become one of Marvel's marquee characters, and this book could have been a great chance to grab some of those folks who loved the movies. Let's just hope that any would-be Iron Man fans don't pick up this comic, because it's likely that it will be that last one they ever read. With Iron Man 3 right around the corner, Marvel really needs to step up their game. Iron Man deserves better. We deserve better. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 10, 2012

    Iron Man feels like a book that will cater to the hardcore fans or the completists out there. As a casual reader I didn't like the contents and wasn't engaged by the plot to pick up future issues. Unfortunately, the read was just below average and the marketplace is simply too competitive to try out a second issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Nov 8, 2012

    Honestly Iron Man #1 may have made a lot of sense for old readers but for a new reader like myself I was completely lost and annoyed. I feel really disappointed because I thought Marvel Now books were going to be accessible for new readers but the only one that has been so far is A + X. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Booked - Andrew Taylor Nov 10, 2012

    Land's art is good for one thing: showing how Iron Man #1 lacks any clear vision. Gillen has one story arc established, and no guiding aesthetic. There's an unwillingness to do anything but rehash old Iron Man themes of conscience. He does so in hamfisted fashion by making a sequel to the marginal Warren Ellis/Adi Granov arcExtremis, killing off a character from that story casually. Where Gillen was able to breathe new life into Thor enemy Loki over in Journey Into Mystery, he seems hesitant to comb through what's now become Tony Stark's pet clichs. The end result is something timid and glacial. Between this and Uncanny Avengers, perhaps "Marvel Eventually!" would have been a better moniker. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Nov 7, 2012

    I'm not sure where Marvel gets off putting a book like this in print, but this cannot be allowed to happen. This is not the first time in recently memory they have published a book with atrocious art on a very popular character. I will not be purchasing this series until Greg Land's name leaves the cover. Kieron Gillen also needs to step up his work too, though this script was decent, it needs to be more of his own work and less of a mish-mash of old Matt Fraction stories. He's capable of much better as a writer, I know it. We deserve something a heck of a lot better than this book, Marvel should be ashamed it was ever printed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    hatmasta Nov 7, 2012

    Wonderful art by Greg Land: the guy is a prodigy. I've been a fan ever since Uncanny #500. Gillen does a nice job of setting up the story he will be delving into in this issue. No real complaints. I think the series definitely has room to pick up speed, and I'm sure it will, if past Gillen comic books are any indicator.

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